Weekly Kitchen Cleaning 101

Today, I’m giving you my step-by-step routine for my weekly kitchen cleaning.  Some of you probably already know how to clean your kitchen, but there may be some of you who would like a refresher course, or a routine to get this done faster and move on to other things. Either way, I hope my kitchen cleaning system will motivate and inspire you. Most of us spend a lot of time with our families in the kitchen, so it’s worth it to devote a little time each week to make this a clean and pleasant space.

Weekly Kitchen Cleaning 101



First, gather your supplies. Some of your cleaning supplies will depend on what type of countertop, stove top, and floors you have, so, for that reason, I won’t be too specific here. But, at least make sure you have the appropriate type of cleaner for each area.

  • All purpose cleaner or cleaning wipes
  • Countertop cleaner
  • Sink cleaner
  • Dish soap
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Broom
  • Mop
  • Bucket
  • Wood furniture cleaner (optional, for dining room table)


Now, it’s time to start cleaning. First, if you really have trouble getting motivated to clean, start by putting on some music and then setting a timer. Yes, I’m serious. I try to get my kitchen clean in 1 hour. It’s a large kitchen, so yours might take more or less time, but set a timer and know that if you just keep moving, you’ll be done and out of there before you know it. The best place to start is at the top. Then, move around the room from left to right and finish up with the floors.



  1. Do dishes and declutter countertop and other areas.
  2. Clean sink. Baking soda works great on most types of sinks. 
  3. Wipe off canisters and other nic nacs on countertop.
  4. Clean countertops using the appropriate cleaner. If you have granite countertops, be sure to use a granite cleaner, since it’s specifically made for this.
  5. Clean microwave inside and out. To avoid electrical shock, unplug first.
  6. Clean stove. 
  7. Wipe front of appliances. If you have stainless steel, you should use stainless steel cleaner or wipes. For most others, you can use an all-purpose cleaner.
  8. Wipe off cabinets and backsplash. Do not use a soaking wet rag to clean wood cabinets. Use a wood cleaner, specifically made for cabinets. 
  9. Dust kitchen/dining room table and chairs. Microfiber cloths work great.
  10. Sweep floor.
  11. Mop floor. If you have wood floors, be sure to use wood floor cleaner, not a cleaner for tile.

Depending on your specific kitchen, you might have other areas to clean, such as a work desk or special appliances. But for most of you, this should get your kitchen sparkling clean in about an hour or less.


There are other things to be cleaned daily, monthly, and seasonally. For a complete list of kitchen cleaning chores and timeline, click and print Lifetime Kitchen Cleaning System.

Do you hate cleaning bathrooms? Well, help is on it’s way! No, it’s not a cleaning lady. Sorry. It’s “Weekly Bathroom Cleaning 101”, and it’s coming soon! Let me know in the comments section below what your biggest bathroom cleaning problems are, and I’ll try to include some tips and solutions.

Till next time, have fun cleaning!


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